Saturday, 3 September 2016
Holger Carlsen, the hero of a heroic fantasy novel, must find out who he is and what he has to do. But so must everyone! The passage of a hero through a novel mirrors the passage of anyone through life.
Holger takes an unusually long time to find out. On p. 103 of 156, a magician tells him:
"'I'll use my powers...to try and find out who you are and where the sword is hidden.'" (p. 103)
The sword Cortana has been blessed to defend Christendom now that other swords and their owners are no more. But Morgan le Fay has hidden Cortana somewhere just as she hid Holger on another Earth. Thus, to find and wield Cortana becomes Holger's Quest and, now that we think about it, a Quest is just what he has lacked so far.